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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (January 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592538843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538843
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mentock, a jewelry designer who draws inspiration from vintage and everyday objects, gives jewelry makers a glimpse of her design process in this collection. Most incorporate antique findings or ephemera (such as tintypes and vintage costume jewelry), and wirework and metalwork also feature prominently. Step-by-step directions are provided, and key stages are illustrated with photographs, but basic ­jewelry-making skills and supplies are required. Each project lists Mentock’s journal notes, which cover her creative decision-making, and design tips, which offer hints for changing items to suit your personal style. The author also presents an overview of basic wirework (including making your own findings) and metalwork. VERDICT Mentock’s aesthetic is more charm bracelet than sleek minimalism, so some jewelry makers will be drawn to her creative repurposing of vintage materials, while others will find her approach a little too everything-but-the-kitchen-sink." - Library Journal

About the Author

Deryn Mentock is a jewelry artist whose work has been featured widely in both books and magazines. She is a nationally known teacher and travels to teach mixed media jewelry classes at such venues as Art Unraveled, Adorn Me!, ArtBliss, Art & Soul, and others. In addition, she teaches online classes from her website, Jewelry Works. Her design work includes being on the creative team for Susan Lenart Kazmer and work done for Michaels national craft stores. Her work has been published online for Michaels, as well as in their project book for Susan Lenart Kazmer's Industrial Chic project book. She maintains a strong online presence for the past six years through her blog Something Sublime and runs a very successful venture into online teaching through her site, Jewelry Works. She's had hundreds of happy online jewelry making students and continues to gain a following through both sites. She also maintains an Etsy store, Flickr site, Pinterest membership and several Yahoo groups. www.somethingsublime.typepad.comwww.somethingsublime.typepad.com/jewelry_works/www.mocknet.etsy.com

More About the Author

Originally from Oregon, with a stop in Wyoming, Deryn Mentock got to Texas as fast as she could. There, she wrangles a husband, two young men, an energetic pup, and a nice collection of cowboy boots. She has been passionate about art, especially jewelry design, for as long as she can remember. When she's not traveling to teach, or treasure hunting, she is in the studio designing pieces that combine metal, gemstones, and unique well-loved treasures in unexpected ways. She is a nationally recognized instructor who loves teaching technique and design, as well as sharing insight into her creative process. She also enjoys teaching online workshops from her "Jewelry Works" site. Her design work includes work done for Michaels stores nationwide, the Ice Resin design team and the Industrial Chic line of jewelry findings. Her jewelry and artwork have been featured in numerous books and magazines, including a feature article and cover for Belle Armoire Jewelry.

You can see more of Deryn's work at her blog, somethingsublime.typepad.com; her online workshop at somethingsublime.typepad.com/jewelry_works; and her online shop, mocknet.etsy.com.

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Explanations are very clear; photography beautiful!
manga
Even if I never do any of the techniques taught in this book, I love looking at all the projects for ideas I can use in the jewelry style I use in my beading.
Jackie
I love how she incorporates "found" objects into her work and how many of her pieces have an asymmetrical quality; which to me enhances its interest.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jules on January 29, 2014
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I would highly recommend this book. I have taken online classes from Deryn and her teaching style and jewelry making techniques are wonderful. She explains things quite clearly. Her photography is also quite wonderful. If you follow her blog or her on FB, you have seen lots of her beautiful work in amazing vignettes; and, the photographs in the book are pure Deryn. They are so delightful, they lure you in to wanting to make every project you see. I love how she incorporates "found" objects into her work and how many of her pieces have an asymmetrical quality; which to me enhances its interest. Congratulations Deryn! I enjoyed my first read through the book and will enjoy reading it over and over, and working on the many projects you have introduced.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Queen Marcy on January 27, 2014
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Deryn Mentock is a fabulous artist and teacher. I have taken art retreat classes with her, as well as used her DVD tutorials. Her new book is fabulous, very detailed and clear instructions. I would highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Hess on March 6, 2014
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Deryn has touched on so many techniques which are vital to executing amazing jewelry creations. Easy to follow directions, she walks you through the elements of art in a clear and concise manner. This is more than a project book ~ it's a process must-have for every artist!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Crossman on January 29, 2014
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I have seen many things made and have always wanted to meet and take a class on line or at a retreat however never have the money, I just got my book today I have only thumbed through it and I got some of the design ideas without reading it to me this is huge, I think the book is beautiful and Daryn you did a great job thank you for such a quality book to use and for all of your detailed pics not mention wonderful info.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine C George on January 29, 2014
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This is a wonderful book and full of information for those wanting to learn about design when making jewelry. Deryn has a great eye for detail and combining elements and anyone wanting to improve their designs can really benefit from reading this book. I have been making jewelry on and off for many years and am always inspired by her work!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Dusman on January 27, 2014
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I have lots of jewelry how to and design books. This one is very well written and chocked full of information for the beginner as well as the more advanced jewelry designer. The author has a unique vision and aesthetic and she gives tips for recreating her looks as well as great substitutions for her vintage items. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By manga on March 6, 2014
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This book is very inspiring for getting your own creative juices going. Explanations are very clear; photography beautiful! Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick M. Or Lyons on February 5, 2014
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This is a feast for the eyes and has me very excited to start creating! Lots of practical help too, not just pretty pictures.
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